Surf Air , which calls itself an “all-you-can-fly private membership airline,” is expanding its service from its base in Santa Monica, California, to include Carlsbad and Oakland, the company has announced. The added service coincides with the arrival of three new Pilatus PC-12NG aircraft, the first in an order of 65 airplanes to be delivered over the next five years. “Both markets are largely underserved by commercial carriers and hot spots for California-based business and leisure travelers,” said Jeff Potter, CEO of Surf Air. “We intend to continue to expand to new markets with similar characteristics that benefit our existing membership base and introduce our innovative travel experience to new members.” Service to Carlsbad will start Nov. 18 and Oakland launches on Dec. 15.
Surf Air, which began operations last year, offers memberships for a monthly fee, starting at $1,750 per month. The PC-12 fleet flies from GA terminals. The company announced this summer it had placed an order with Pilatus for 65 new aircraft (15 firm orders and 50 options) to be delivered over the next five years, with a total value of about $312 million. In August, Surf Air said it had more than 900 members, with 350 deposits on hold awaiting additional capacity.